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Acclaimed photographer and documentary filmmaker ("Thin"), Lauren Greenfield, interviews kids in Los Angeles about their relationship with money. "kids + money" was selected to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2008, and after many festival awards and critical acclaim, the title was acquired by HBO, who broadcast it on Black Friday on November 28th, 2008.

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Director Lauren Greenfield
Studio Greenfield/Evers LLC
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By F. Evers on January 7, 2009
Format: DVD
'Kids + Money' on HBO
This documentary examines American youths' relationship with money.
By MARY McNAMARA, Television Critic (November 28, 2008)

Social corruption is never quite as startling as when it's illustrated by children. In the one-hour documentary "Kids + Money," photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield, ("Thin") interviews 13 Los Angeles children about their relationship with money, and as you would imagine, it is not particularly healthy. Here's 17-year old Emmanuel, who, with financial assistance, attends Harvard-Westlake and obsessively dreams of being part of the wealth he sees every day. Here's 12-year-old Annika, who badgers her mother constantly for a wardrobe that can pass muster in any of her school's cliques, and 17-year-old Sean Michael, who had to get a job when his folks refused to support his Nike habit.

"In L.A.," explains Phoebe, 16, in a bored voice, "the money is on the surface level. When you meet someone, it's like, 'Hi. I'm this person. I'm rich,' or 'Hi, I'm this person. I wish I was rich.' "

This "whatever" acceptance of life defined by possessions is balanced by a few more sensible voices -- Luis, 14, knows what it's like to go without food, and Zoie, 17, lives in such a tiny apartment that she shares a bedroom with her parents. But the point is clear: Many children are part of a status infrastructure so rooted in wealth it makes Edith Wharton's New York look like a socialist utopia.

It is easy to dismiss these kids, with their credit cards and spa birthday parties, as simply spoiled rotten. Tempting too -- especially when one young diva gives her mother, who is in the next room, the finger, or the almost finger, before looking at the camera with a hackle-raising mixture of guilt and defiance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By grace on December 7, 2011
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Just stumbled upon this film after seeing Lauren Greenfield's other film- Thin- and thought this was phenomenal! great perspectives are offered and this movie should be seen by Americans of all ages to help realize some of the fundamental problems in modern society.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By river run on October 29, 2013
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This is one of the more disturbing documentaries I've ever seen. But Greenfield is a genius. She's highlighting an aspect of our society that not a lot of people are talking about: children's attitude toward money here in the US.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert D. Smith on January 16, 2013
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The documentary was candid about what motivations drive young teenagers in the United States of America to begin in the activities of strong consumerism. It examines what buying patterns start in youth and continue throughout adulthood.
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